Paint swatches are too small to tell what works best and using a sample pot has its limitations. Unless you paint a test patch on every wall in the house, you’ll never know how it looks in different spots and in different light conditions.
That’s where Apartment Therapy writer Chelsea Greenwood Lassman’s genius idea comes in.
Frustrated by her limited options in the past, she was inspired to use a blank canvas as a portable test patch.
She writes, “Inspiration struck: A small blank canvas was the perfect portable way to test different paint colors in various lights in various rooms, both at my current apartment and at my future home.”
She was able to see how her chosen colour and finish looked in different rooms and combined with different flooring.
“It looked great,” she says.
“The end result? We absolutely love it. It’s not too warm, too cold, or too dark … And every time I look at our walls, I thank my handy canvas trick for helping me come to a sound decision.”
Why not try this trick the next time you have to make a decision about paint colour and finish?
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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